Oswell has care­tak­ers curs­ing

The Non-League Football Paper - - NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH - DAR­LING­TON 1 STOCK­PORT COUNTY 1 By Craig Stod­dart

STOCK­PORT scored in stop­page time to deny Darlo vic­tory in their first game since Martin Gray’s five­and-a-half-year ten­ure came to an end last week.

He re­signed to be­come York City boss, leav­ing play­ers Gary Brown and Phil Turn­bull in tem­po­rary charge un­til a per­ma­nent re­place­ment is ap­pointed, and the care­taker duo were sec­onds away from a win at Black­well Mead­ows.

Ja­son Oswell’s goal meant dis­ap­point­ment for the Quak­ers, but it en­sured a point apiece which was a fair re­sult on the bal­ance of play and chances cre­ated.

Dar­ling­ton striker Nathan Cart­man missed two one-onones, his first on 70 sec­onds, while at the other end Adam Bartlett tipped over Sam Walker’s free-kick.

Darlo went ahead on 47 min­utes when Terry Gal­braith fired in a free-kick via Scott Duxbury’s de­flec­tion.

Joint care­taker boss Brown later told The NLP: “I al­most did a Barry Fry, but thought bet­ter of it.”

The Hatters re­sponded im­me­di­ately, with Liam Marrs clear­ing one off the line and they con­tin­ued to pile men for­ward.

Saun­ders missed a good chance, but just when it seemed that the Quak­ers were go­ing to hang on, Oswell turned in­side the penalty area to fire home.

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